London stocks tiptoed lower in early deals as traders cleared profits after yesterday's run on the FTSE's export attraction following renewed sterling weakness. Wall St fell overnight, while Asia rose.
Soon after the open, FTSE 100 was down 13.64 points, or 0.19%, to 7060.7, while FTSE 250 ebbed 33.49, or 0.18%, to 18,308.6. At 8.29am, WTI crude was up 1.13% to $49.24/bbl and Brent was up 1.0% to $51.38/bbl. Gold was up 0.335 to $1273.9/oz.
Gold-leaning miners Fresnillo (FRES), off 2.18% to 1686.5p, and Randgold (RRS), lower 1.81% to 7197.5p, were prominent blue-chip fallers. Utilities were tracking lower, too, behind United Utilities (UU.), off 2.09% to 973.75p, and Severn Trent (SVT), down 1.54% to 2457.5p.
Blue-chip losers outnumbered winners 65 to 35. Most share-price moves were limited. Several house builders were lower, so, too, leisure and a posse of pharmas. Supermarkets were prominent to the upside, with Sainsbury (SBRY) adding 1.44% to 253.8p.
Tesco (TSCO), up 7.94% to 203.68p, has inked an H1 statutory pretax profit of £71m, from a year-earlier profit of £99m. Statutory revenue was £27.3bn, from £26.9bn. Group like-for-like sales rose 1.0%, from a fall of 0.9% in the same period a year earlier.
Several banks, oil majors and a smattering of other house builders and insurers rounded out the risers list.
Tejoori (TJI) agreed, on Oct. 4, with SRG Holding Ltd pursuant to dispose of one of the two Arjan plots of land for a cash consideration of about $3.7m. TJI rose 16.18% to 0.4p. DP Poland (DPP), up 11.05% to 54p, has raised £3.2m gross via a conditional placing of 6.67m new shares at 48p each.
Premier African Minerals (PREM), up 15.38% to 0.38p, said a review at the RHA Tungsten Operations in Zimbabwe showed there was sufficient tonnage immediately available both in the open pit and underground operations to support an initial three years' of operations at 39,000 tons a month.
Topps Tiles (TPT), down 9.08% to 101.38p, said revenues for the 52-week period to Oct. 1 are expected to be in the region of £215m. Like-for-like revenues are seen to show an increase of about 4.2% on the prior year, from a gain of 5.4%.
Kodal (KOD), up 7.5% to 0.11p, said surface geochemical sampling has returned four new gold anomalous zones with assay values up to 92 parts per billion Au and strike lengths exceeding 3.5km at its Korhogo project in northern Cote d'Ivoire.
Fusionex (FXI), up 4.5% to 174p, has won a million-dollar contract with one of the world's largest providers of digital media and brand intelligence.
Caledonia Mining Corporation (CMCL), down 4.17% to 126.5p, remains on track to meet production guidance of 50,000 ounces for at its 49%-owned subsidiary the Blanket Mine in Zimbabwe for this year and continues to progress towards its long term target of 80,000 ounces by 2021.
Harbourvest Structured Solutions III LP has issued a full and final offer for SVG Capital (SVI) at 650p cash a share. It said this provided superior cash value in the immediate term and certainty. SCI's shares fell 3.04% to 653.5p.
Gooch & Housego (GHH), up 2.33% to 1010.5p, expects trading for the year ended 30 September to be in line with its previous guidance. Park Group (PKG), up 2.06% to 68.38p, has confirmed the acquisition of corporate employee and customer engagement specialists, Fisher Moy International Ltd for an undisclosed all-cash sum.
Ferrexpo (FXPO), down 0.63% to 79.25p, said production of 65% Fe pellets rose by 3.7% to 7.8 million tonnes in the first nine months of the year. (9M 2015: 7.5 million tonnes). 3i Infrastructure (3IN), down 0.13% to 198.25p, has committed to invest 6.5 million in the A27/A1 primary Public Private Partnership project in the Netherlands.
Other stocks in the news included Time Out Group (TMO), Cape (CIU), Keras Resources (KRS), Arria NLG (NLG) and Centamin (CEY).